Theatre In The Dark: Carpe Diem

The back of an eye mask is all one sees while entering and attending This Is Not A Theatre Company's Theatre in the Dark: Carpe Diem.
Find out what to expect from a tasting menu unlike any you've ever seen!

By Andrew Andrews

The title doesn’t exactly give it away: attending a performance with no sights and only sounds seems more like listening to a podcast or old-time radio program than watching something on stage, smartphone or TV. But Theatre in the Dark: Carpe Diem is more than just an auditory experience: it’s a multi-sensory tasting menu for your tongue, throat and stomach, nose, ears and skin—in other words, everything but your eyes.

Outside the theatre, you don a sleeping mask before a member of the cast leads you in—hands on the shoulders of the guest in front of you like a work-safe conga line—and guides you to a seat at a velvety-clothed table. Soon thereafter, the performance begins: a poetic, somewhat dreamy soundtrack enhanced by the roaming voices of the live performers around you, occasionally suggesting that you feel the table for a sample of something to touch, smell and taste.

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Andrew Andrews attended Theatre In The Dark: Carpe Diem at Theaterlab in New York on Sunday, September 8, 2019 @ 9:00pm to write this review.

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